Definition of bad boy in English:

bad boy

noun

informal
  • 1A man who does not conform to approved standards of behaviour, especially in a particular sphere of activity.

    ‘the bad boy of British fashion’
    • ‘The current bad boy of college football visits the winningest program in college football history.’
    • ‘Watch out when his inner bad boy kicks in.’
    • ‘It is no coincidence that two current bad boys of sports agree on what constitutes the essence of sports.’
    • ‘One of Hong Kong cinema's reigning bad boys isn't a director, actor, or martial arts choreographer.’
    • ‘He's one of the bad boys of Canadian theatre.’
    • ‘He isn't even the sport's leading bad boy anymore.’
    • ‘But I guess bad boys is what attracts you to a story.’
    • ‘If you're into bad boys, rocker Tommy Lee made the list.’
    • ‘We've got the new details of the wedding between the beauty and the bad boy.’
    • ‘I don't think I'm a bad boy.’
    • ‘Besides, maybe her attraction for bad boys was less about them, more about her.’
    • ‘You get old-age pensioners labelled as bad boys because they were rock stars years ago.’
    • ‘Perhaps this is the spirit that has drawn Stone to Hollywood's former bad boy.’
    • ‘I've never had any affinity for the overhyped mythology of the bad boy, which I think is basically phony.’
    • ‘He might sound like a hockey bad boy, the kind of player you might expect to lead the league in penalty minutes.’
    • ‘He earned a reputation as the bad boy of local tennis.’
    • ‘Football is something he understands, but counselling bad boys is hardly in his remit.’
    • ‘Despite her disdain for the bad boys, they keep on pursuing her.’
    • ‘Needless to say, the bad boys of the title will be coming for you in cinemas from Thursday, October 2.’
    • ‘Laurie seems like a good guy, but his bad boy needs a little help.’
    dissenter, dissentient, protester, rebel, renegade, freethinker, apostate, heretic, schismatic, recusant, seceder, individualist, free spirit, maverick, unorthodox person, eccentric, original, deviant, misfit, hippy, dropout, fish out of water, outsider
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  • 2US Something extremely impressive or effective.

    ‘we went 142 mph in that bad boy’
    • ‘I hereby give you permission to testdrive any/all of these bad-boys at the "open mic" comedy nite of your choice.’
    • ‘The 64-bit bad boy also has hyperthreading to help certain software loads and demand based switching to improve performance per watt.’
    • ‘It's your job to enter the tombs and put this bad boy back to rest.’
    • ‘Plus, there is a lithium ion in this badboy, rated for 10 hours of use.’
    • ‘Check out these bad boys that I made.’
    • ‘Man, how often do you wash those bad boys of yours?’
    • ‘The negative space on the frame is almost as big as the soul space so you can do plenty of different variations on tricks with these bad boys.’
    • ‘I was home from work by 2PM every day, so I'd boot that bad boy and play around with DOS commands.’
    • ‘This bad boy is far from finished.’
    • ‘The speakers on these bad boys are also made of soft leather and swivel a full 90 degrees.’
    • ‘Let's go, tax that bad boy.’
    • ‘Give me a hand with this bad boy.’
    • ‘He's around here somewhere unless someone cooked that bad boy.’
    • ‘Why don't we put this bad boy in our test machine?’
    • ‘At $59.95 per set, five of these bad boys would constitute a serious investment.’
    • ‘How the hell am I going to manage this bad boy?’